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Growing business: 429 million personal records exposed in 2015, jumped 85%. Unreported? half a billion. RansomWare? Nightmare.

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Apr 12, 2016 - ABC News Report: Data Breaches Bigger, Worse Than You Think In addition to 9 “mega-breaches” of personal data in 2015, tens of millions of personal records were likely exposed or stolen the same year but went unreported because the companies or entities involved chose to keep the size of the breach a secret, The report from California-based Symantec said that the number of companies that refused to report the scope of a data breach jumped by 85 percent last year, what one senior Symantec officer said was a “disturbing trend.” Some 429 million personal records were exposed in 2015 -- many of them through mega-breaches like the Office of Personnel Management hack and one that reportedly hit a huge voter database -- but that number is only based on entities that shared the scope of the breach. Symantec estimates that the real number of exposed or stolen records, including those that went unreported, likely tops half a billion. Senior Vice President at Symantec told ABC News that the research shows cyber-crime has moved on from its “start-up phase.” “As a growth business, these guys have figured out how to make money,”

Growing business has moved on from its “start-up phase.”
A “disturbing trend - a market has evolved to meet demand.”  read more »

"Family & Public Service", a pledge at 21 carried to 90: 69 years' Nobility, Wisdom & Compassion. Thank you, Queen of Grace!


Inset: In 1940, Princess Elizabeth, 14, featured in a radio programme called Children's Hour. She sent her best wishes to the children who had been evacuated from Britain to America, Canada and elsewhere as Britain was suffering the worst of the Blitz during World War Two.
Bottom: Elizabeth became a Girl Guide in 1937, her sister, Princess Margaret enrolled as a Brownie and their mother became the Patron of the Girl Guides. During WWii, Elizabeth did her part to boost public morale.


The Queen with her great-grandchildren and youngest grandchildren. From left: James, Viscount Severn; Lady Louise Windsor; Mia Tindall (holding the Queen's handbag); Princess Charlotte; Savannah Phillips; Prince George and Isla Phillips.


Top: April 2016 - as the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh walked the short distance from Windsor Castle, a spontaneous rendition of Happy Birthday rang out.
Bottom: Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at the Bedaling Pass, on the Great Wall of China, on the third day of their state visit to the country. No British monarch had ever travelled to mainland China, let alone walked the Great Wall so the Queen's trip in October 1986 made history.

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Life from and into Nature: Bald eagles with babies, ski climbing; Non-life robot crawls out of 3-D printer. News in photos


Ski touring group climbs adjacent to the Bec des Rosses mountain above the Swiss Alps resort of Verbier.


"Death from overworking" claims hit record high in Japan - legal claims relating to "karoshi" rose to a record high of 1,456 last financial year.


a baby crocodile decided to climb onto the head of a hapless frog


Billions: Sir Richard Branson, head of Virgin Group, said that he felt ‘sadness’ after Virgin America was bought by Alaska Airlines under a $2.6 billion deal.

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Lion does as lions do on wildland. Save twice-runaway 3yo lion fr tragic fate of escaped 2yo zebra, chased on golf court for hrs

Editor’s note:
Lion does as lions do on their own wild land in nature. Sylvester the Lion, one of the 3500 remaining male lions, has lion’s spirit, courage and intelligence, amazingly escaped twice, recaptured. His fate is now in human hands.

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1 April 2016
Sylvester the lion has once again been recaptured  read more »

  • Sylvester escaped a 90,000-hectares wildlife park in S Africa
  • Rangers: he'd have to be killed because he was threat to humans
  • But British charity has outlined plans to give him a new home

GPS glitch: 2 homes wrongly demolished - directed to wrong address; remote access / internet / data make bank heist easier


Update 15 May 2016 Unlucky woman's GPS led her straight into a lake
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Technology doesn't always love you back.
A woman in Tobermory, Ontario drove down a boat ramp and into Lake Huron last Thursday thanks to faulty directions from her GPS.
The GPS has not yet apologized for its actions.
Luckily, she was able to roll down the window, retrieve her purse and clamber out of the car before it started to sink.
She is reportedly doing just fine, with no injuries other than a few technological trust issues.

26 March 2016
BBC: The company said Google Maps directed them to the wrong address; they were supposed to tear down a home just one block away. Diaz says she has now received a personal apology but hopes the company will change its procedures to ensure addresses are more thoroughly checked before any demolition starts. And she warns against relying on GPS for directions. "I do not like to rely on GPS," she says. "I've had GPS take me to the wrong places also. So I look at the map."

Diaz says the demolition crew, who were still at the site of her home when she arrived, did offer a kind of explanation. One employee told her they had been due to tear down a house at 7601 Cousteau Drive, one street away, but their GPS mapping system had taken them to her home at 7601 Calypso Drive instead - The building, which included two homes, was pummelled in December's tornado but was due to be repaired  read more »

Beauty and Peace, as fragile as glass, shattered. Istanbul and now Brussels: innocent buried, candles lit, praying for Harmony


Resplendently attired cherry juice vendors demonstrate pouring techniques.


Istanbul's Blue Mosque overlook the Sea of Marmara.


Ferries cross the Bosporus, the water body between European and Asian sides of Istanbul.


A police officer secures the area after an explosion near the Ottoman-era Sultanahmet Mosque, known as the Blue Mosque.


People light candles in Brussels on Tuesday.


floral carpet on the Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium


Congress Column at Christmas and Statue Of Leopold


Brussels

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Twitter's legacy. "Supreme excellence is simplicity". CEO @jack Dorsey: 140-char limit is "a beautiful constraint": it's staying

Longfellow once said,
"in character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity."
And Emerson stated,
"nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great."

So, hard to disagree that the 140-character limit is Twitter’s signature, and Twitter’s legacy.

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Twitter’s 140 characters - It’s staying. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square and CEO of Twitter, speaks during an interview with CNBC following the IPO for Square Inc., on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange November 19, 2015.

Twitter Inc's 140-character tweets are here to stay, Chief Executive Jack Dorsey said on Friday, ending speculation that the microblogging site might abandon one of its trademark features for a 10,000-character limit.

"It's staying. It's a good constraint for us and it allows for of-the-moment brevity," Dorsey said on NBC's Today Show.

In January, technology news website Re/code reported that Twitter was building a new feature that would allow tweets as long as 10,000 characters.

Twitter has declined to comment on the feature directly. But Dorsey tweeted the day of the report that the company had seen more screenshots of text posted as a way to get around the 140-character limit.  read more »

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